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Video: Constructed In Just 40 Days – The Mariposa VII Story

Utilizing panelized cold-formed steel framing, this 7-story multi-family building located in Colorado took only 40 working days to be installed.


When it came to the construction of Mariposa VII, Douglass Colony was brought on board for their specialist experience using cold-formed steel (CFS). The seven story multi-family project in Denver, CO needed to be assembled quickly, and on time, with simplified on-field erection – and CFS, along with the FRAMECAD System, was the answer.

With two levels of podium and a further five levels to be built on top, Douglass Colony’s role was to provide excellent, seamless service from design to completion using quality materials, and innovative, energy-efficient solutions.

In North America, “podium” buildings such as the Mariposa VII project have become increasingly common – but what makes this project unique is Douglass Colony ‘s proven panelized CFS framing construction method.

Utilizing CFS and the FRAMECAD System make the building process easier by offering an improved construction method and a much greater speed of installation. Douglass Colony fabricated 422 load-bearing wall panels at their headquarters in Commerce City, then shipped these directly to the jobsite, where they were installed by the on-site team.

Utilizing panelized metal framing construction methods ensured accuracy. Each level took only seven days to complete – two days to assemble and install the wall panels and five days dedicated to finalizing the floor system, the detailing on the floor deck, and the concrete. In all, this impressive residential building took only 40 working days to be installed.

So what made the FRAMECAD technology and Douglass Colony the right construction choice for Mariposa VII?

  • Total design flexibility
  • One and two hour fire-rated UL assemblies
  • Simplified field erection
  • A complete turn-key solution, reducing opportunities for error
  • Construction in only quarter of the time

With over 131,000 lbs of steel used, this seven story residential building is a testament to both the effectiveness of CFS in multi-level projects, as well as Douglass Colony’s ability to enable buildings to be constructed in 1/4 of the time when compared to conventional framing.


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